October 8, 2020
This Week
October 11, 2020 10:00am
We Haven't Always Been At War With Eastasia
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford

In the novel 1984, George Orwell painted a terrifying picture of a country where the government ruled with such authoritarianism that even to have an individual thought was considered to be a crime. How does skepticism help us with living in a world that often shows alarming parallel’s to the world Orwell described?

Join us for Worship at 10:00am: the link will be on the Live Oak homepage: www.liveoakuu.org

Worship, 10:00 am. Link: https://link.liveoakuu.org/LOUUworship

Join us for Fellowship Time immediately following the service (approx. 10:45/11:00)

Share the Plate
Wearing a pink ribbon won’t fight breast cancer, but this month’s Share-the-Plate partner will.
Our October Share the Plate community partner is The Breast Cancer Resource Center. The Breast Cancer Resource Center is a place where breast cancer patients ask questions, explore options, and connect with a diverse community of survivors, lifers, and thrivers who are dedicated to supporting and improving the lives of those touched by breast cancer. Through generous community support, all programs and services are offered free of charge to anyone affected by breast cancer. All designated "share the plate" donations, and half of all undesignated donations, will be given to BCRC for the month of October, which is breast cancer awareness month.

September Recipient - The Freedom to Read Foundation $588.39
A Few Words from the Minister
A Different Kind of Barn Raising
We're in the midst of a global pandemic that precludes us from physically being together. That doesn't mean cobwebs are growing in the corners of our building. Read more
A Few Words from the DLFD
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
Faith Development 10.5 to 10.11.20
This week's updates for Faith Development read more
Special Notices
Live Oak Has a New Phone Number
We have new phones and can now use VOIP. This will save us about $100 month. It required a change in our phone number. The new # is: 737-240-3345. Feel free to give it a try! Diane gets lonely in the office by herself. The old number will be disconnected 10/31.
Geo Groups
Geo Groups
We are living in a world with amazing technology that allows us to connect with people on other continents in real time. Even I, who would still prefer a horse and buggy to an automobile, use it almost daily. And I love the way it enables me to feel close to friends, family and people I would otherwise never meet who are far, far away. Read more

To do today:
Change your automatic donation from
VANCO to Breeze

Changing your automated pledge contribution to our new church management system makes giving a breeze!  If you've struggled with donating money electronically to Live Oak, this news is for you.

Live Oak is saying goodbye to VANCO's complicated donation screens and adopting Breeze, which will make pledge and other church contributions easier. The assistant treasurers are asking all Live Oak contributors who contribute through VANCO to transition to Breeze by January 1 at the latest.

How to make the change: 
* Go to the VANCO payment page at http://bit.ly/byebyevanco 
* Log in to see your existing automatic transactions. 
* Follow the on-screen instructions to delete those transactions. 
* Then go to the Breeze online contribution page at https://louu.breezechms.com/give/online 
* Go through the (much simpler) steps to set up your new contribution.

To avoid duplicating payments, you may want to cancel the VANCO transaction as soon as it runs one month, and add a reminder to your calendar to set up Breeze the following month.

Questions? Email asst-treasurer@liveoakuu.org . 
Women's Labyrinth Group  
Sunday, October 11, 6:30-9 p.m
We gather for a sharing circle followed by a finger labyrinth walk. Please join us as we walk the twists and turns of our lives and support each other along the path—the path that “calls us from the center of who we are and who we long to be.” The group is open to women high school age and older. The Zoom link with be sent via email for those who are on the email list for the Women’s Labyrinth Group. If you need a copy of the Live Oak Labyrinth and/or the Zoom link, contact: Linda Webster.

Live Oak Church will be distributing food to our neighbors at Fresh Food Friday this week and need volunteers to help.

* Thursday, October 15th @ 1:00 p.m. to approximately 2:30 p.m. food needs to be separated into smaller quantities for distribution. Meet at Hill Country Community Ministries, 1005 Lacy Dr, Leander, TX 78641

* Friday, October 16th @ 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the Live Oak parking lot. This is when we distribute the food to our neighbors. Volunteers are needed to set up, direct people to the drive through area, collect client information, and place food in client’s trunk. You do not need to remain the entire 2 & 1/2 hours.

HCCM has asked for 7 people for each activity. We are asking you to please let us know if you will be able to participate in either activity, so we know if we have enough or too many people.

To RSVP or for any questions please contact Donna Durbin at: HCCM@liveoakuu.org

Live Oak UU Outreach Endowment Committee  
The Endowment Committee will be meeting via Zoom on Monday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. to review grant proposals received for the current cycle (funds to be disbursed early 2021. Please let us know if you are interested in attending this meeting and we will send you the Zoom link.
Endowment Committee endowment@liveoakuu.org
Live Oak Social Justice Zoom Event
Uniting around antiracism work
It is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.
LO Social Action Group is presenting a webinar on Reimagining Public Safety: Justice, Equity, and Anti-racism put on by UT's Center for the Study of Race and Democracy to the congregation with a a discussion group afterwards on OCTOBER 17th, 7:30 to 8:30 pm.

You can view it on your own or right before the zoom discussion group. It's about an hour ending with about a half hour of Q & A. Please take notes while you watch and be willing to talk about what jumped out to you. Did you learn anything new? Let's talk about it and move forward to being an active anti-racist congregation.

Please be prompt for the discussion. Zoom link will be on the What's Happening Page.

Lyndy Dower
Social Action Chair
In the Community
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center is offering e-events to help you connect with camp and with each other. All the details are at http://ubaru.org/home/e-eventsThe cottages are available for personal and family get-aways. Just send me an email and we can confirm plans. Details about rates and accommodations
  • Men Aligned Retreat October 16-18
  • Winter Family Camp December 31 - January 2
The deadline for the weekly e-newsletter and the Sunday announcements is midnight on Tuesday. The submission form can be found here
If you have any questions or comments about this Newsletter please email: editor@liveoakuu.org